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Around The Town With Lou: July 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.

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Jim Agnew was riding his bike and he said when he lived in his native Ireland he couldn’t afford a car and used a bike. Now he rides it for fun.

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Third Precinct cop Joe Hughes was keeping the crowd in line when members of Corpus Christi Parish carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance around the block.

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Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, was at Mass that day. He seems like an easygoing Irishman but if he feels that the church is being attacked he gets tough.

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James Petrowski, head usher at the church, worked in the financial department of Winthrop Hospital for 12 years. He lives on Elm Place.

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Dennis and Dorrine Moresso used to live in Mineola but now live in North Carolina. He is in the rug cleaning business.

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Ann Benedict teaches English and literature at Nassau Community College. She resides on Clinton Avenue and has been here for 17 years.

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John Wheeler, of Royal Avenue, works on Wall Street. He was born in the village 48 years ago.

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Custodio Cerqueira is in lawn maintenance. He and Maria come from Albertson.

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Sheila Rettaliata, that lady who can dance and sing so well and owns a company called “Best Foot Forward” says, “I am my business.” She is a cabaret producer and is in charge of entertainment for the Mineola Street Fair.

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Dave Keefe is the president of AARP. Dave taught social studies at Hempstead High. He and Rosemary have a house on Brown Street.

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Frank Syracuse worked for Pan Am. Remember them? Later, he was a code enforcer for the village and then worked at the Wyndham Apartments in Garden City. He and his late wife, Virginia, lived on Wellington Road.

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Pat Tobin, a member of the choir at Corpus Christi, likes to shop at King Kullen.

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Joan McCarthy is a literacy volunteer at our library.

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Eileen Kelly has lived here for 17 years. You can still hear the lilt of County Mayo when she talks. She and Gary live on Roselle Street. They have four kids, Darren, Owen, Ava and Michael.

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We lost a fine man with the death of Bill DaVanzo. A great head of Public Works, a fine trustee and a great friend.

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Jack Farley goes to Nassau Community College, studying communications. He hopes to become a film critic.

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Carmen Lino lives on Washington Avenue. She really enjoys the Mineola Pool.

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John and Alice Squeri have a home on Pershing Parkway. John worked in electronics. He is an usher at Corpus Christi.

News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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